Read Sixthseal’s blogpost about Johor’s Iskandar, just one of the many things i have been reading about the development within the state and it prompted me to spill about my plans. I haven’t spilled here in a long time, I know. 🙂
Blogging is SUCH a chore, you know?!
But it’s good to be back to share sometimes.
So for those who have wondered where I have disappeared off to, I’m currently in my second year of my compulsory service with the government. When my FYDOship ended, I was supposed to report for duty at Batu Pahat!! After many tearful phone calls to the headquarters and a very fortunate switch with a colleague in JB, I’m still in JB, living with Chee Kiang who is still working in Singapore. 🙂
We’ve been doing this for over 7 months now and living together has been amazing. We cook almost every week night, sometimes I dump him here and drive home to Subang Shah Alam myself. Yeah, my family has moved away from Subang too. It still hurts when I think about my childhood house in SS18. Â Going into Singapore whenever friends want to meet up, exploring JB together, watching downloaded movies together on our landlord’s flatscreen and sleeping in the living room every single night because the entire apartment is literally our bedroom.
Oh! I’ve started baking and cooking more too!
Butter cookies fresh from the oven! I wanted to decorate it with royal icing but the icing i made was way too sweet and runny, so I gave up. I’ll need to head out to buy lemons and meringue powder to try again. Don’t think I’ll use raw egg whites again as it is not hygienic. And I have no idea where I can get pasteurized egg whites.
Spinach pan mee with the necessary yums
Tried roasting a chicken. Tasted okay, couldn’t get it to be a dark crispy brown. 😐
Herbal chicken, not too bad!
And my favourite and my best dish (ahem), chicken+broccoli+carrots+french beans dimsum style. <3
I think I drifted off again.
Yes, so throughout university I knew that I had to, needed to, MUST end up in Johor in order to put an end to the nonsense that was a long distance relationship. I was sent to Kluang first when I first entered the workforce and after making it through 6 months, I am finally in JB. When my first year training ended, I managed to secure myself to be permanently based in JB.
It’s all going to plan, isn’t it?
But deep down in my heart, I wanted.. or thought that it was to be this way: That the both of us complete our respective three years with the government and move back home to finally start our lives somewhere permanent.
But it’s not fair to uproot him from Singapore when he has put in so much effort building up his career here. Not only that, if I go back, I will have to start networking all over again. It’s okay if we start off immediately after the end of our compulsory service because we are still relatively young then and can slug it out. But I’m afraid that won’t be the case and we’ll probably have more…well, changes in our lives if we wait it out a few years and head back in our very late 20s or early 30s.
I do want to open my clinic one day and I want to open it somewhere where I will grow old.
I am confused about plans to work in Johor, KL or Singapore.
The reason why I want to go home is so that my children can grow up around their grandparents and I can be there for my family. It’s just horrible to have to grow up and old without your parents around. But most people don’t have a choice because of their careers and I am afraid that we might just be one of those people.
For an AIMST graduate, it might be a little tricky because the degree is not listed in the list that the Singapore Dental Council has come up with. Most of the Malaysian public dental schools aren’t even on the list too. We have to sit for an exam which, IF you can qualify for it with the suitable requirements, has a waiting list of 2 years. I hear that it’s the final paper for the Year 5 NUS students. I will of course try for it if I have the chance to. I would need to study really really really hard for it and cross all possible fingers and toes.
Singapore would be nice. But I really need some guidance if Johor is just as good, if not better. Or even better than KL for that matter, which I hear is pretty saturated now.
It gives me hope that there is so much development going on in the city and there is a buzz of excitement about the endless possibilities. Healthcare facilities, residential areas, educational institutions (though I’ll probably still send my kids to a government school to let them see the real Malaysia and save the money for their overseas education) etc.
The whole Johor-Singapore thing works very well for us now. I know a big chunk of Johor roads now, made a horde of new friends from work and more contacts from helping out with the southern zone’s dental association….
I just hope that it is the right choice to be based here.
9 thoughts on “Thinking of Johor For The Long Run”
Hello there, found your blog by chance and I felt it criminal to leave without first saying that I absolutely adore your pictures:) Never been to Manchester but I have two colleagues who graduated from there. ( or is it three I can’t remember). Lovely pictures!! Really!!
jo: Hi Edina! Thank you so much for the compliments! 🙂 It is people like you who are so kind to say a few words that make me enjoy blogging my trips. 🙂 Thank you for dropping by!!
hello jo! i love reading your (infrequent) posts cos they’re so personal yet totally natural. you blog about all the things we’re all going through growing up/old that i don’t cos i’m lazy or cos i’m uncomfortable wtf 🙁 please blog more altho i may not comment all the time i’,m still reading!!!!
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if u want crispy brown skin on the chicken, firstly pat dry with kitchen towel then rub the skin with a little oil and sea salt.. not those fine salt kitchen salt.. the slightly chunky ones
for extra kick to it, rub mixed herbs or cajun seasoning on the skin and cavity.. or stuff an onion or lemon in the cavity and seal with a toothpick
the oven must be preheated first before putting the chicken in .. best temperature would be 180 degrees
happy trying,, 🙂
Does your bf commute to S’pore from JB each morning in a Honda Accord? I think I spotted a guy who looks like him (from your pics of him here) one morning at the SG checkpoint.
It’s an eternal question, to settle in M’sia or S’pore? From personal experience, once you have worked in S’pore, you’ll get so used to the bigger paycheck ( x 2.42 or therabouts now), it’s hard to go back to M’sia. But with home prices in S’pore climbing up to astronomical levels, hard to get a home there.
It’s been 10 years, and I’m still straddling between these 2 countries (work in SG, stay in JB). I don’t know how long more I can keep this going, seeing that SG is looking to reduce its PR population (by converting them to citizens, or not renewing their PR status).
My advice to you? Status quo for another 1-2 years, then pick a country, and stick with it.
I recently got posted to teach in JB as well. Bf’s working in Singapore. He’s thinking of getting a property in JB for weekend home and also partly to invest it (rent it to others). Perhaps, you can check out the area around Jusco Tebrau like Setia Indah or Austin Perdana no doubt it’s quite a distance from JB Central.
jo: Oh! 🙂 so are you staying together in JB? we just bought a place in Larkin…so…yeah.. Haih. :))
Hey ho! Feel happy for you 😛
Nope, he’s still staying in Singapore. I’m renting a small room in JB. Meet up during the weekends though. Your blog was being featured in The Star last week. Congratulations!
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i can totally feel u!! my bf and i were posted to work in jb 2-3 years ago and have been here ever since..we stayed together throughout, then i found out that i was pregnant and we got married! LOL (so i cant help but agree with u that 1985’s marry relatively early)…our families are in kl, even my 5 month old daughter is in kl..but its a waste to let go of my network in jb, and to start all over in kl..but like what u said, our parents are getting old, it’s good for them to have us by their side. and im planning to transfer back to kl for that reason..so yea, whatever ur decision is, jia you!!
btw, u bought the house in larkin residence? so maybe ur plan is to stay in jb for a couple of years before u decide on where u wana be based at for good?